What is an Energy Star home?

While it's easy to claim that homes are energy efficient, Energy Star Partners back that up with a third-party inspection, verifying the energy performance of a new home. Homes qualified as Energy Star homes are independently verified to be a least 30% more energy efficient than homes built to the 1993 Model Energy Code or 15% more efficient than state energy codes whichever are more rigorous. These savings are based on heating, cooling, and hot water energy use and are typically achieved through a combination of:

+ building envelope upgrades

+ high performance windows

+ controlled air infiltration

+ upgraded heating and air

+ conditioning systems

+ tight duct systems

+ upgraded water-heating equipment

DeShano-built homes that have been tested consistently earn 4 and 5 Star ratings (5 being the highest rating available) under the Energy Star guidelines. What makes a DeShano home so energy efficient?

Energy Heel Truss Systems

This style of truss provides room for more insulation at the outside wall, above the top plate. More insulation means reduced ice buildup on roofs and less heat loss.

Six-Inch Wall Structures

2 x 6 walls, upgraded wall insulation and closed cell foam sheeting provide increased R-value in our wall construction (rated from R-25 to R-28) scores 6 points over and above what is required by Michigan codes.

Blown Stabilized Cellulose or Fiberglass Insulation

Increases R-value, reduces air infiltration, holds in heat and air conditioning. Stabilization keeps well-ventilated attics from "wind washing." Ventilation is essential, and every DeShano home is indeed carefully ventilated.

Caulking at Joints

The joint between the double top plate, where the bottom plate meets the floor, and double studs around windows and doors are all caulked to restrict air infiltration.

Rim Joist Insulation

Foam sprayed at the rim joist seals the rim to reduce air and moisture from penetrating the crawl space or basement area and, of course, adds insulation value.

Closed Cell Foam Sheeting

This product, installed as exterior wall sheeting, increases the exterior wall R-value by 5 points over OSB sheeting.

Vycor Window Seals

This product seals out air and moisture so that drafts and blowing rain cannot make their way indoors and is installed around the entire perimeter of the window.

Low-E Argon Gas Filled Windows

Windows with advanced coatings and construction help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. Argon gas between panes offers obvious advantages and is standard in every window we install.

All of these features help to ?seal" your home.

A more tightly sealed home helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests, and noise. It improves comfort and indoor air quality, while lowering utility and maintenance costs. With a "sealed" home, ventilation is crucial. We make sure that your home is properly ventilated to allow moisture and humidity to escape and not be trapped inside.

DeShano Company, Inc. cares about energy efficiency.

A DeShano home is significantly more energy efficient than a standard home. You can have all the features you desire in your new home plus lower utility bills. DeShano Companies are required to build to state codes. Going above and beyond code to make a home more energy efficient is our way of looking out for our customers. All of the energy saving features listed above is "standard." DeShano Companies, Inc. does not charge "extra" for these features - after all, we?re trying to save you money!

So whether it is your first home, your next home, your vacation home, or your dream home, consider the difference in a DeShano home. You?ll be glad you did!